Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 11th Jun 2010 21:56 UTC
Windows Yes, the day is finally drawing closer: the day Windows XP died. October 22, 2010 will be the final and definitive day for the venerable operating system, since OEMs will no longer be able to pre-load it on netbooks after that day. I might not make myself popular around here with this, but thank god, it's about time that pile of junk is taken behind the shed.
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RE[4]: XP64 == XP
by phoenix on Sat 12th Jun 2010 00:06 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: XP64 == XP"
phoenix
Member since:
2005-07-11

How does one use tabs in a file manager?

Separate windows I can see.

Window with folder tree I can see.

But I don't see how a bunch of tabs would be useful.

Not disparaging your comment; actually curious how this would be used.

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RE[5]: XP64 == XP
by WorknMan on Sat 12th Jun 2010 00:33 in reply to "RE[4]: XP64 == XP"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

How does one use tabs in a file manager?


How does one use multiple tabs in a web browser? ;) It is the same concept really. If you need to open up 2+ folders at once, it's more handy to have them in a single window with tabs than separate windows. If you need to move/copy files from one folder to another, you just drag them over to a folder's tab.

I use Directory Opus (best file manager on the planet, btw, and one of the apps that keeps me on Windows) and once I got a taste of using tabs in a file manager, I'll never go back.

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RE[6]: XP64 == XP
by phoenix on Sat 12th Jun 2010 04:48 in reply to "RE[5]: XP64 == XP"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

Hrm, maybe I'm used to multi-paned file managers, shortcut lists, and folder lists. I just can't see how tabs would make things easier. Guess I'd have to try it.

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RE[6]: XP64 == XP
by Alex Forster on Sun 13th Jun 2010 02:49 in reply to "RE[5]: XP64 == XP"
Alex Forster Member since:
2005-08-12

It's not the same concept at all.

Each tab in a browser is its own isolated experience. There's no real reason you'd ever need to see two webpages at the same time. A file manager is just the opposite. Each window of your file manager is mostly useless on its own. You need a few of them on the screen together before any of them are useful for managing files. Their contents relate to eachother. I personally do not want to trade dragging and dropping files for tabs.

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RE[5]: XP64 == XP
by vodoomoth on Sat 12th Jun 2010 17:22 in reply to "RE[4]: XP64 == XP"
vodoomoth Member since:
2010-03-30

It's just like a web browser. Or the old Norton Commander (kudos to whoever invented it). I can't attach a picture here, but FreeCommander is... free, in all respects. So you can try it, or visit the website, there are probably a few screenshots.

This program changed parts of my experience on Windows systems. It has FTP, network drives, MD5 checking/creating, shortcuts editing, secure delete, renaming of multiple files, console launching in the current folder, and a whole bunch of options and capabilities, to the point that the menus look scary.

Just like Opera on the browser side, it allows me to lock/pin a tab and sessions are preserved. I have 8 of my most frequently used folders locked.

Rich, well-thought, very professional program with a very good experience.

The best part is being able to switch folders with only one window in the taskbar. That's what tabbed browsing (whether on a browser or explorer) is useful for (for me).

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